Most Wanted Virus

Lassa Fever- By Dait Miller

Facts

Discovered in1969, Lassa Fever has struck hundreds of thousands yearly. The agent of this virus is Lassa virus. The fever is also known as hemorrhagic fever.

Scientific Name- arenavirus

Transmission- rodents of the mastomys family transmit this virus

Symtoms- affects liver, blood, and spleen, causes hemorrhaging, and neurological problems

Location- originated and still mostly occurs in West Africa

Likely Victim- person of any age in West Africa

Treatment- an antiviral drug called Ribavirin, if given early in illness, it will cure the illness

Prevention- Stay out of contact with the West African rats